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US government shuts down as Congress fails to vote on budget

US government shuts down as Congress fails to vote on budget

World
The US government has officially shut down for the second time this year because Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget.Senators struggled with last-minute objections from Republican Rand Paul, but have now passed the bill, which has gone to the House for its vote.Federal funding for government services expired at midnight (05:00 GMT).The 600-page plan proposes an increase in spending, by about $ 300bn (£215bn), on defence and domestic services.If the plan is passed in the House of Representatives and signed by the president in the next few hours, the shutdown could be rescinded before the US working day begins on Friday. But it is not clear how the House will vote, and how public services would be affected on Friday if the shutdown were to continue.What does a shutdown
Congress demands action from VA on allegations of doctors with revoked licenses

Congress demands action from VA on allegations of doctors with revoked licenses

Business
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- More than two dozen members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs before the Christmas break demanding the agency take swift action on allegations it has illegally hired doctors with revoked medical licenses.The letter, made public on Tuesday, was signed by 31 members of Congress and sent to the VA following reports that the VA has hired health care providers with revoked licenses for at least 15 years."We need to ensure our nation's veterans receive the highest quality care from the best providers possible," Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., said in a statement. "For the VA to be illegally hiring doctors who failed to meet that standard in their previous jobs is very troubling and absolutely unacceptable."In the letter, members of Congress ask for inf...
Trove of 'Russian troll' posts exposed by Congress

Trove of 'Russian troll' posts exposed by Congress

Technology
Further instances of social media posts and ads thought to be part of Russian propaganda efforts to influence the last US presidential election and divide its society have been shared with the public.The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the imagery following a hearing at which Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were criticised for having underestimated the problem.The examples are a fraction of the number of posts that have been flagged as being suspicious by the tech companies themselves. Other cases had been displayed on Capitol Hill earlier in the week.In addition, the senators released data about how much had been spent promoting the material and how many people had been shown it. They have also provided a long list of Russia-linked Twitter accounts that have now been s...
Mattis, Tillerson ask Congress for authorization of military force without end date

Mattis, Tillerson ask Congress for authorization of military force without end date

Business
Oct. 31 (UPI) -- As the 16-year debate rages on Capitol Hill over the legal authority sending the U.S. military to combat, a new bipartisan bill proposes a new legal authority to replace active authorities that date back to President George W. Bush's administration.On Monday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cemented the White House's reliance on a pair of 15-year-old authorizations for military force as the legal cornerstone permitting the executive branch to stage counter-terrorism operations.A new authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, has been proposed by Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and is being considered by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.The new AUMF would seek to replace two previous ones, the 2001 AUM...
Equifax breach: 6 things Congress can do to help

Equifax breach: 6 things Congress can do to help

Finance
Elizabeth Warren to Equifax: You're making millions off this screwupAfter members of Congress grilled former Equifax CEO Richard Smith at four hearings this week, one thing is clear: There is outrage on both sides of the aisle over the massive data breach. But what will they do about it? The three major credit rating agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, aren't going away. They are an integral part of the U.S. credit system, and it would be difficult for consumers to get a mortgage, a loan, or even a credit card without them. Some Democrats are calling for a total overhaul of the industry because credit rating agencies don't currently have an economic incentive to help protect consumers' data. "Equifax won't be losing any business as a result of its failures... And that's because...